Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed products, portraits, fashion, celebrities and a lot of very straightforward documentation of art objects.
I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and have been recognized by them as a guru. I also regularly beta test software for Adobe, Datacolor and OnOne and I review and edit technical manuscripts for Focal Press, a high-end boutique publisher based in England. My first book on the creative process of artists is due out later this year from Rocky Nook, Inc., I regularly post to my blog and have written over 20 Photoshop and photography related tutorials.
I began teaching in 1987 and since then have worked at a variety of public and private educational institutions in and around Southern California. Since 2004, I have written specialized curricula for the California Department of Education.
I earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1979 and I currently hold two vocational education credentials from the state of California.
I have served on alumni committees at Art Center, I am a charter docent at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and I am a member of the California Teachers Association.
I have been providing tutoring for photographers since 2002 and my teaching style is direct, funny and full of helpful information. If by chance I don't know the answer, I know someone who does. I will never leave you with unanswered questions, that is my promise to you as a teacher, tutor and guide.
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